February 27- March 4
Why Pursue Purity?
I. Devo preparation activity for parents - Discussing the topic of purity cannot only be awkward for you, as a parent, but for the child as well. Make a meal and serve it buffet style. Make one dish of random ingredients and make it look awful! The goal is that nobody will want it and keep asking, “What is this? That looks gross.” Or completely ignore it and not add it to their dish. This dish represents the topic of purity and how nobody wants to talk about it. However, it is obvious that sexual things are all around us and we choose to ignore them. Use this as a way to open up discussion. Also, get red and black construction paper, a glue stick and scissors for an activity (below).
II. Prayer – Acknowledge that the topic is not the most comfortable for either part, but ask that the Holy Spirit would give you wisdom to explain why it is important and that they would be receptive. Satan wants for both sides to feel uncomfortable talking about it with one another, but the truth is that it is being talked about. Ask that God would bless your time together.
III. Opening Activity - Cut a black heart and red heart out of the construction paper. Glue these two hearts together and let them sit throughout the lesson.
IV. Bible Study
A. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 & Galatians 5:16-25.
B. Discuss: We are called to live a life of holiness. Christ came to forgive us of our sins. What is holiness? How do we reach holiness? Being holy means to be “set a part.” Once we accept our depravity and come into a relationship with Jesus Christ, we are set a part. One person is not “holier” than another. All that believe and follow after Jesus Christ are called holy and are called to holiness (state of being holy). Being holy means we turn away from our flesh and seek His face.
C. Apply – One of God’s purposes for mankind is that we are joined with one person of the opposite sex through marriage and a sexual relationship. Because of that, each person has sexual desires. We must learn how to manage these desires because the Bible is clear: those desires and actions are meant for your spouse only. Our world tells us to give into the flesh, but the Bible tells us that Jesus crucified our flesh. We must learn how to take our thoughts captive (2 Cor. 10:5). Some ways that we do this are by praying, reading and meditating on Scripture, and being honest about struggles with other people (James 5:16).
1. As an individual, start or continue to read the Bible daily. Find an older person in your life that can help keep you accountable to this.
2. Plan a time of the week that the Dad can meet with the males and the Mom can meet with the females. Discuss what God is teaching you and how each of you is struggling. Be honest! It might be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but it will be worth it. Pray for one another.
3. Take the hearts that are glued together and rip them apart. Once you rip them apart, you will notice that the black sticks to the red and vice versa. The red heart illustrates our heart in the purest form and the black heart represents sin. The more and more you give yourself away, the more baggage you will carry with you. It is an illustration of the importance of guarding your heart. Guard your heart from all sin (Proverbs 4:23). Hang the hearts on the refrigerator to be reminded of the importance of staying pure in all aspects.
A. Have each person pray for the purity of another family member. Ask God to give all of you strength to pursue Him and the ways of Him.
B. Ask about other prayer needs and pray for those too.